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Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2017

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Holiday Events

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Thursday, Dec. 14

BCC HOLIDAY CONCERT, Pittsfield, 12:15 p.m.: The Berkshire Community College music program will present its annual Holiday Concert in the Robert Boland Theatre located on BCC’s main campus on West Street. The concert will feature holiday selections performed by the BCC Chorale, directed by Dr. Ellen Shanahan, and a performance by the BCC Jazz Ensemble, directed by BCC music instructor Jeff Link. The Chorale will also perform an original composition by BCC music alumnus Chad Tarves, who will also conduct the piece. Soloists Kyle Carson, Kim Cortes-Gritman, Chloe Boehm, Jaedin King and Danielle Haley will also perform. The one-hour event is free and open to the public and Forum credit is available for BCC students.


Friday, Dec. 15

'SOUNDS OF THE SEASON', Lee, 7 p.m.: "Sounds of the Season," the annual free Christmas concert of the Christmas Angels Chorus directed by Jim Morrison, will be held at Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place. The concert includes a special performance by the Lee Bell Choir at 6:30 p.m., free refreshments and a visit from Santa for the kids. All are welcome.


Saturday, Dec. 16

FESTIVAL OF TREES AFTER DARK, Pittsfield, 5-7 p.m.: Discover the Whimsical, Wonderful Festival of Trees after hours, when the twinkling lights are aglow on every tree but the galleries are dark. The indoor forest of imaginatively decorated trees festooned with fantasy offer a dreamy atmosphere during evening hours, and this year’s quizzical treasure hunt, discovering hidden objects on each tree, becomes that much more of a challenge at night. Tickets are $5.

HOLIDAY PAJAMA NIGHT, Lenox, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Children can wear their favorite pajamas for a cozy night of storytelling and singing at the Lenox Library. Stories will be read by: David Roche, chairman of the Board of Selectmen; Timothy Lee, superintendent, Lenox Public Schools; Matt Tannenbaum, proprietor of The Bookstore; Michelle Messana, Youth Services Coordinator, Lenox Community Center; Katie Wallick, Youth Librarian, Lenox Library. The event is free and for all ages.

CHARITY GIFT WRAP, Lee, Noon-6 p.m.: The Wahconah Regional High School Cheerleaders will provide gift wrapping services in exchange for a donation in the food court at the Lee Premium Outlets. All of the proceeds support the cheerleading program.

'SOUNDS OF THE SEASON', Lee, 7 p.m.: "Sounds of the Season," the annual free Christmas concert of the Christmas Angels Chorus directed by Jim Morrison, will be held at Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place. The concert includes a special performance by the Lee Bell Choir at 6:30 p.m., free refreshments and a visit from Santa for the kids. All are welcome.

HOLIDAY VARIETY SHOW, Bennington, Vt., 7 p.m.: Oldcastle Theatre Company at 331 Main St. will present its fourth annual Holiday Variety Show in the  style of radio programs of the 1930s through the 1950s. The show will feature excerpts from such classic radio comedies as "The Fred Allen Show," "Duffy's Tavern" and "Burns and Allen," performed by Oldcastle actors. Lynn Sweet will be pianist for the evening. Members of her Mount Anthony Union High School Chorus also will perform. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students.

'THE NUTCRACKER' IN HD, Williamstown, 1 p.m.: The Clark Art Institute presents The Bolshoi Ballet in HD performing "The Nutcracker" in the auditorium, followed by a Nutcracker Sweets Tea featuring gourmet tea and elegant desserts at 3:30 p.m. in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. Tickets to the HD screening of "The Nutcracker" are $18, $10 children 12 and under, and tickets to the tea are $20, $12 children 12 and under). This is an encore performance. The Nutcracker was recorded live on December 21, 2014.

HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET, Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Market featuring locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more, plus live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities, will be held at Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road. Admission is free.


Sunday, Dec. 17

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA CLAUS, Stamford, Vt., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Fundraiser to benefit Stamford middle school students' trip to Washington, D.C., in June. Event at Stamford (Vt.) School includes a photo with Santa, breakfast of eggs, pancakes, bacon, and sausage, coffee and various juices, face painting and ornament decorating. Advance ticket prices are $10 for children and $5 for adults; $10 and $8, respectively, at the door.

A CELTIC NUTCRACKER, Great Barrington, 3 p.m.: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center hosts the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company's "A Celtic Nutcracker." Their story of "The Nutcracker" is told through the form of Irish Dance and performed to the original Tchaikovsky score as well as live Celtic musicians. Featuring Scottish Sword Dancing, Welsh Clogging, Irish Step and more (and of course you’ll get to meet some Leprechauns along the way!).

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' READING, Lenox, 4 p.m.: The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox, will present a free dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ timeless and timely holiday classic “A Christmas Carol,” performed for the first time in the Berkshires by David Anderson of Walking the dog Theater from Ghent, N.Y. This event is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Admission is free and seating is limited. Advanced reservations are required online.

HANUKKAH FAMILY FESTIVAL, Lee, 3-5 p.m.: Rejoice in the season with Chabad of The Berkshires and Lee Premium Outlets with a family Hanukkah celebration and Menorah Lighting in the food court at the outlets.

'YULE FOR FUEL,' Pittsfield, 3 p.m.: Zion Lutheran Church and Berkshire Concert Choir will co-host a carol-singing celebration called “Yule for Fuel” at Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St. "Yule for Fuel" is a free community sing-along, an opportunity for the community to sing favorite carols alongside a large, talented choir, complete with beautiful piano accompaniment and majestic organ playing. Paula Nuss will conduct the Berkshire Concert Choir, and Amy Renak and The Rev. Timothy Weisman from Zion Lutheran Church will accompany the carols. “Singing and hearing the carols I love is an experience I look forward to all year,” said Barb Landry of Zion Lutheran Church. A free-will offering that will support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations Emergency Fuel Fund.

HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET, Williamstown, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Market featuring locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more, plus live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities, will be held at the Williams College Towne Field House, 82 Latham St. Admission is free.


Wednesday, Dec. 20

'BEER & CAROLS,' Pittsfield, 7 p.m.: Zion Lutheran Church presents “Beer & Carols” at the church, 74 First St., the fifth annual installment of its popular Christmas sing-along that s intended to gather people together for a lively night of popular Christmas carols and songs. Leading the evening will be pianists Amy Renak and Timothy Weisman, along with Daniel Broad on string bass. Light food and non-alcoholic beverages will be served to all; beer and wine will be available for purchase. There is no admission fee; aA free-will offering will be taken to support the Cathedral of the Beloved, an outdoor worship and meal ministry in downtown Pittsfield reaching the homeless and the underserved.


Friday, Dec. 22

'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE' (1946), Great Barrington, 7 p.m.: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a free screening of Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday drama "It’s a Wonderful Life," starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Designated the most inspirational movie of all time by the American Film Institute, "It’s a Wonderful Life" is a wonderful, feel-good movie to experience with friends and family.


Sunday, Dec. 24

LESSONS & CAROLS AT THE SOUTHFIELD CHURCH, New Marlborough, 7 p.m.: The gift of music continues at the Southfield Church as our ecumenical community choir presents its annual Christmas Eve service, A Festival of Lessons & Carols. The service begins with a rousing ringing of the old bell and lasts approximately one hour. A Lessons & Carols service is a simple service consisting of nine scripture verses (or lessons) followed by a carol sung by the choir and occasionally the congregation. The choir’s carol arrangements span from the traditional, such as “Silent Night” sung by candlelight, to the jazz influenced “Still, Still, Still” reminiscent of the sound of the jazz vocal group, The Singers Unlimited. Everyone in the community is invited.    


Monday, Dec. 25

BE OUR GUEST CHRISTMAS DINNER, North Adams, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: The North Adams American Legion is sponsoring a Christmas dinner, featuring ham with soup, potato, vegetable and dessert. Those needing delivery can call 413-664-9004. All are welcome.


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Christmas Tree Lightings

* ADAMS: Sunday, Nov. 26, 2-5 p.m., at the Adams Town Common. The tree-lighting ceremony will include free carriage rides and music, hot cocoa and coffee, and a visit from Santa.

* CLARKSBURG: Sunday, Nov. 26, 6 p.m. VFW Post 9144 and the Clarksburg Fire Department will host the annual Christmas tree lighting. All are asked to bring a non perishable food item to be donated to the Friendship Center Food Pantry in North Adams.  Santa will be there courtesy of the fire department.

* LANESBOROUGH: Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. The town of Lanesborough will hold its annual tree-lighting ceremony at Memorial Park next to the police station. There will be refreshments and entertainment provided by the LES chorus.

LENOX: Friday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. The annual Lenox Christmas Tree Lighting will be held in Lilac Park. There will be cookies, hot chocolate and visits with Santa following the tree lighting at the Lenox Community Center.

* LENOX DALE: Sunday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Lenox Dale will feature Santa arriving by fire engine at Veterans Memorial Park at the intersection of Walker & Crystal streets to light the tree. Following the lighting, Santa will greet the children at the Fire Station on Elm Street where gifts and refreshments will be distributed. Santa will also pose for photos with the children.

* NORTH ADAMS: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 6 p.m. at Monument Square. Caroling with the Drury Band, hot chocolate and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive on the Fire Department's antique Mack Fire Engine with treats. Kicks off the annual Hometown Holiday. This year the Downtown Bike Around will join the procession down Main Street with bikes decorated in lights. (Raindate Dec. 1.)

* PITTSFIELD: Friday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m.: Pittsfield’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at Park Square. The ceremony will include a performance by the Taconic High School Chorus, which will perform a variety of carols. Following the tree lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance; free hot chocolate will be available, courtesy of Patrick’s Pub. Those planning to attend the ceremony are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the food pantry at the Christian Center, 193 Robbins Ave.

* SOUTH WILLIAMSTOWN: Sunday, Dec. 10, 5-7 p.m. The South Williamstown Community Association will host its tree lighting at The Store at Five Corners. There will be carol singing and refreshments; bring a flashlight to see the words on the song sheets. Stop by the Holiday Open House just next door at the Williamstown Historical Museum starting at 3:30 for a tour and music by Singing School as well as light holiday refreshments.


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